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Widener Nursing Announces Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at Harrisburg Campus

Harrisburg accelerated BSN program

The accelerated BSN program in Harrisburg will put second degree students on the fast track to a career in nursing.

Chester, Pa. – The School of Nursing at Widener University is excited to announce the launch of a new accelerated bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program at the university’s central Pennsylvania campus in Harrisburg. Students can submit an application to enroll for the fall 2019 semester.

“There is a growing demand in the health care field for highly skilled nursing professionals,” said Anne Krouse, dean of the School of Nursing. “This program meets that demand by providing second degree students in the greater Harrisburg area with the education and skills to earn a BSN in just five semesters. Graduates of the program will learn to be engaged and culturally compassionate practitioners focused on providing competent and quality care.”

The program is designed for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree, but are not a licensed registered nurse (RN), and want to earn a BSN degree to embark on a nursing career. Students will enroll in the full-time, in-person program for two academic years, including a full-time summer semester. The flexible course delivery system offers convenient class times during the day as well as a variety of clinical and lab sessions available in both the day and evenings throughout the week and weekend

“At Widener, our programs put students on the inside track to achieving their professional goals,” said Widener President Julie E. Wollman. “Through this new opportunity, central Pennsylvania residents will have the chance to access rigorous and cutting-edge curricula, rewarding experiential opportunities, and personalized faculty mentorship that are a hallmark of the Widener nursing experience. This is really a special opportunity because Widener is recognized as one of six national Centers for Excellence in the Science of Nursing Education.”

The program is an extension of the nationally-recognized nursing program founded more than 50 years ago at Widener’s main campus in Chester, Pennsylvania. The accelerated BSN program joins a number of nursing programs offered in Harrisburg. In 1993, the Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) CRNP program opened a second location in Harrisburg. Since then the nursing program in Harrisburg has grown to offer master’s (MSN), post-master’s certificate, and doctoral (PhD and DNP) programs as well as accelerated programs for advanced degrees including MSN-to-PhD and Post-Baccalaureate RN-to-DNP. All of the degree programs are offered in a hybrid online and in-person format.

The baccalaureate, master's, and DNP programs at Widener University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the State Board of Nurse Examiners of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises seven schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Visit the university website,